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China Squash Open: Day Two Afternoon Session - Reports and Comment

The first tournament of the new 2019/20 PSA World Tour season continues today as the top eight seeds enter the draw at the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open in Shanghai.

The afternoon session from round two includes the likes of New Zealand's World No.6 Joelle King, Egypt's World No.5 Nour El Tayeb, India's World No.10 Saurav Ghosal and Egypt's No.4 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

Glass court action takes place this evening when World No.1s Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag take to the court, along with 2019 British Open champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nouran Gohar.

You can follow live scoring from the tournament here and you will also be able to find out what the players have to say here.

Schedule – Day Two (GMT+8)
Men's – SECA Academy
14:00 Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [3] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
15:00 [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
16:00 Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [8] Tom Richards (ENG)
17:00 [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
18:00 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [5] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
19:00 [6] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Leo Au (HKG)

Women's – SECA Academy
14:00 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)
15:00 [5] Annie Au (HKG) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
16:00 Nada Abbas (EGY) v [8] Salma Hany (EGY)
17:00 [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Rachael Grinham (AUS)
18:00 Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [6] Alison Waters (ENG)
19:00 [7] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Yathreb Adel (EGY)

King and Ghosal Advance in China

New Zealand’s Joelle King and India’s World No.10 Saurav Ghosal secured quarter final berths at the China Squash Open after they defeated Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy and Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip, respectively.

World No.6 King was forced to come from 2-1 and 8-4 down in the fourth to secure her place in the quarter finals after she came up against a tenacious Mickawy, who pushed the Kiwi all the way with King’s mental strength eventually proving the difference.

“First tournament of the season, I think everyone comes in not really knowing where they sit,” said King afterwards.

“Everyone puts in a lot of work over the summer and it’s the first challenge of the season so I’m really pleased. Probably more with my mental performance – Zeina is one of the up and coming players who has such an amazing raw game and I had to dig really deep to come back from 8-4 down in the fourth.

“Over the summer, Laura Massaro has actually come on board, as someone who I work with alongside Hadrian [Stiff] and I actually drew a little bit of inspiration from her. I’ve been on the backend of many matches against her where she has come back and beaten me and I think I just tried to dig out some experience.

“I’ve been in New Zealand over the summer and I know I’ve put in the work, so it’s just about getting that match play now and hopefully I see some results.”

Meanwhile on the other court, India’s Ghosal put in a confident display against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip to book himself a place in the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.

The Indian player, who is at his highest World Ranking of No.10, looked in control throughout the encounter as he navigated his way around a tricky first opponent.

“First match of the season so you’re always a bit edgy and nervous because I have put in the work, but it’s about it coming to fruition in matches. You never quite know, Yip is a very strong player and playing him on a traditional court like this is hard, he gets a lot of balls back. I think he moves the ball around well, so winning 3-0 and pretty much controlling the full match, it felt like I was doing the right things.

“I think I’ve had a good summer. I had a nice summer with no tournaments, last year there was Asian Games, but my last tournament was the British Open. I’ve put the work in and it’s about producing that when it actually matters now and hopefully my game does justice to the work that I have put in.”

[3] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (43m)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 9-11, 12-14, 11-9, 12-10 (56m)

El Hammamy and Hesham Upset the Seedings

Egyptian duo Hania El Hammamy and Mazen Hesham both upset the seedings as they took out Hong Kong’s Annie Au and England’s Adrian Waller, respectively, to reach the quarter finals of the tournament in Shanghai.

El Hammamy started strongly against Au, who she lost to the last time they played, as she took a 2-0 lead. However, Au came back strongly to level the scores, but it was World No.15 El Hammamy who was eventually able to prevail.

She will now face New Zealand’s Joelle King in the next round.

“I’m happy with this win,” said El Hammamy afterwards.

“I played Annie once last season and I lost in three in 20 minutes, so I came here today and I wanted to do my best and perform better than last time. I definitely had a game plan compared to last time and I’m happy I managed to stick to that.

“I wanted to keep it fast, I didn’t want to sleep and keep going with her slow pace. Obviously I lost a bit of concentration and my game plan after being 2-0 up, so I’m happy I managed to get back to it in the fifth.

“I’m starting the season with confidence. Finishing last season at my highest ranking has just given me more confidence and I’m hungry for more.”

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Hesham was also ran close by England’s Waller, who was the No.7 seed at the tournament. However, it was the Egyptian who was able to close out and advance to the first quarter final of the new season.

“Today was really good,” said Hesham following his win.

“He was pushing me really hard and I have never seen him play this well against me before. It was very tough, I just kept strong mentally and I think that made the difference. I tried to stay strong in the critical points. The court conditions suit him more than me and I think he has improved so much and it was tiring playing him today.

“Today I pushed a lot harder than I do in training. I just go day by day and hopefully I have done enough work to push this hard and this week will show with how my body deals with it.”

Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (58m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [5] Annie Au (HKG) 3-2:: 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4 (62m)

Hany and Richards Through to Quarters

Egypt’s Salma Hany and England’s Tom Richards both prevailed at the SECA Academy to reach the last eight stage of the China Squash Open.

No.8 seed Hany safely made her way past compatriot Nada Abbas as she secured a straight-games victory.

Hany now faces the prospect of a meeting with World No.1 Raneem El Welily, depending on the outcome of her fixture with Netherlands' Milou van der Heijden later this evening.

Elsewhere, England’s Richards successfully navigated his way past World Junior champion Mostafa Asal to set up a quarter final clash with either World No.1 Ali Farag or Egypt’s Youssef Soliman on the glass court atop the Peninsula Shanghai.

[8] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
[8] Tom Richards (ENG) bt Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (49m)

El Tayeb and Marwan ElShorbagy Reach Last Eight

Egyptian pair Nour El Tayeb and Marwan ElShorbagy have both secured quarter final berths after respective wins over former World No.1 Rachael Grinham and Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu.

El Tayeb was in dominant form to quickly despatch squash legend Grinham, who secured her 500th PSA win yesterday, in just 19 minutes.

The Egyptian will now face the winner of Nadine Shahin v Alison Waters tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals.

On the other court at the SECA Academy, ElShorbagy survived a comeback from Spain’s Bernabeu – who claimed an upset over Scotland’s Greg Lobban yesterday – as he claimed an 11-4, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4 win in 60 minutes.

ElShorbagy will come up against either Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi or Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in the next round.

[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (19m)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1: 11-4, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4 (60m)

Shahin and Mosaad Move into Quarters

Nadine Shahin in action

Egypt’s Nadine Shahin and Omar Mosaad both secured quarter final berths following their victories at the SECA Academy.

Shahin completed an upset over England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters as she came from a game behind to win 4-11, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 in 37 minutes and will now face Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb for a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile in the men’s draw, Mosaad despatched Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi by an 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 scoreline and will face Marwan ElShorbagy tomorrow.

Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [6] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 (37m)
[5] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (40m)

Adel and Au Through

Yathreb Adel

Egypt’s Yathreb Adel and Hong Kong’s Leo Au continued the theme of the day as they took out higher seeded opposition to book their respective places in the quarter final in Shanghai.

Egypt’s Adel was staring down the barrel of defeat as she came from 2-0 down against England’s Victoria Lust to book her place in the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.

No.7 seed Lust started strongly to take the first two games before Adel began to feel her way back into the match to eventually close out a 10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 victory at the SECA Academy, leaving Lust to be another seed that has been knocked out of the tournament today.

She will now face the winner of Canada’s Danielle Letourneau v Egypt’s Nouran Gohar.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Au caused an upset of his own as he also came from 2-0 down to defeat Mexico’s No.6 seed Cesar Salazar and reach the quarter finals.

The Hong Kong player looked down and out but rallied together to defeat Salazar and set up a quarter final showdown against Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [7] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 8-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-7 (44m)
Leo Au (HKG) bt [6] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-2: 11-13, 9-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-9 (90m)

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